Dybala and Martinez headline Messi-less Argentina squad

first_imgPaulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez headline Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Chile and Mexico with Lionel Messi missing through suspension.Lionel Scaloni named a 27-man squad on Sunday, featuring seven uncapped players including Alexis Mac Allister, Leonardo Balerdi, Nicolas Figal, Lucas Martinez, Nicolas Dominguez, Lucas Ocampos and Adolfo Gaich.Mac Allister, 20, is on loan at Boca from Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion, who signed the attacker in January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Of the seven, five currently ply their trade in Argentina with Balerdi currently featuring for Borussia Dortmund while Ocampos is on the books at Sevilla. Argentina, who finished third at the Copa America, are without superstar Messi as the forward serves a ban.The Barcelona star is set to miss out after criticising the officiating at this summer’s Copa America, alleging that CONMEBOL was “corrupt” in favour of hosts Brazil. CONMEBOL opted to suspend Messi for Argentina’s next three matches while hitting him with a $50,000 (£41,000) for his controversial comments.As a result, Messi will miss the friendly matches against Chile and Mexico as well as an October friendly against Germany and a one-match World Cup qualifying ban.Estos son los futbolistas convocados para la #SelecciónMayor y #Sub23 que jugarán amistosos en el mes de septiembre en fecha FIFA pic.twitter.com/oI9tqXYwSP — Selección Argentina  (@Argentina) August 18, 2019 It is an inexperienced squad for the friendlies in September, with Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria among the players joining Messi in missing out on the pair of matches.Argentina are set to take on Chile at the Los Angeles Coliseum on September 5 before taking on Mexico at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas five days later.The fixtures will be Argentina’s first matches since they defeated Chile 2-1 in the Copa America third-place playoff on July 6.Goalkeepers: Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate) and Agustin Marchesin (Porto).Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Leonardo Balerdi (Borussia Dortmund), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Lucas Martinez Quarta (River Plate), Gonzalo Montiel (River), Nicolas Figal (Independiente), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax).Midfielders: Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (Club America), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Nicolas Dominguez (Velez), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Matias Zaracho (Racing), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham),  Alexis Mac Allister (Boca).Forwards: Joaquin Correa (Lazio), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), Paulo Dybala (Juventus) and Adolfo Gaich (San Lorenzo).last_img read more


Cyprus an example of ills caused by nonenforcement of UN decisions its

The “unacceptable” situation that Cyprus finds itself in – still divided after 40 years of numerous Security Council resolutions that call for its reunification – is an example of the harm that can result from the non-enforcement of United Nations decisions, the president of the island nation told the General Assembly today.“Should decisions or resolutions based on international law or condemning violations of human rights not be implemented or enforced….regional differences and conflicts can indefinitely be prolonged, serving the petty interests and expedience of their perpetrators, President Nicos Anastasiades, told the high-level debate of the Assembly’s 68th session, now in its third day and set to wrap up on 1 October.The UN has been facilitating talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leadership, with a view to the eventual establishment of a federal government with a single international personality, consisting of a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, each of equal status.The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force on the island (UNFICYP) since 1964, when inter-communal fighting erupted.On the sidelines of the Assembly, on Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Anastasiades met to discuss talks on preparations for the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a comprehensive settlement.“A comprehensive settlement is not only desirable, but should not be further delayed,” Mr. Anastasiades said in his remarks today, calling on Turkey and his Turkish Cypriot compatriots to become partners in the effort for the reunification of a peaceful, secure and prosperous homeland.”Welcoming the positive response of Turkey to his proposals on meetings, he expressed hope that the response will be followed up through “practical and substantial steps and the adoption of a constructive attitude, guided by good faith.” President Anastasiades is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance.The President is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more